Although it is still
not possible to answer all of these questions, the
following pages contain information that can help
us begin to understand the answers. You can download
the latest indicators
available on the subject of women and science for
the 25 EU Member States and the 7 countries associated
to the European Union's 5th and 6th Framework Programmes.
If you want to examine these data for your own analysis,
you can also download the raw statistics.
Where do these data come from?
For many years, both
women scientists and policy makers have been asking
for data about women's participation in the different
scientific fields. The need to build indicators is
acknowledged in the Commission's
Communication, in two Council's
May 1999 and 26
June 2001) and Council Conclusions (18
April 2005), as well as a Resolution
of the European Parliament. In order to
approach the lack of sex-disaggregated data on scientists,
the Commission has developed a double-track strategy:
The Women and Science Unit
in collaboration with the Statistical Correspondents of
the Helsinki Group on Women and Science and Eurostat have
been collecting data on women scientists for nearly 2 years.
These pages contain consolidated statistical information
from the cross-national perspective for all available years
since 1990 on a variety of themes.